Alison Calder

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Alison Calder
Born (1969-12-21) December 21, 1969 (age 54)
London, England
SpouseWarren Cariou

Alison Calder (born 21 December 1969 in London)[1] is a Canadian poet, literary critic and educator.


Calder was born in London, England on 21 December 1969 and grew up in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada.[1] She studied at the University of Saskatchewan, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts, and at the University of Western Ontario where she earned an Master of Arts and a PhD in English Literature.[1] She was also a Distinguished Junior Scholar in Residence at the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies, University of British Columbia.[2]

In 2004, she won the RBC Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers.[3]

Calder wrote a collection of essays in 2005 called History, Literature, and the Writing of the Canadian Prairies which examines literary critism.[1]

Her debut collection of poetry, Wolf Tree, was published in 2007.[1] It won the 2008 Aqua Books Lansdowne Prize for Poetry and the Eileen McTavish Sykes Award for Best First Book by a Manitoba Author at the 2008 Manitoba Book Awards.[4] It was a finalist for the Pat Lowther Memorial Award and the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award.[1] Her second collection, In the Tiger Park, was published in 2014 and was a finalist for the Lansdowne Prize for Poetry.[5]

She also co-wrote the chapbook Ghost Works: Improvisations in Letters and Poems, with Jeanette Lynes.[5]

She lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba and works in the English Department at the University of Manitoba, where she teaches literature and creative writing. She is married to writer Warren Cariou.[1][4]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Abdou, Angie (2013-12-15). "Alison Calder". The Canadian Encyclopedia. Retrieved 20 May 2021.
  2. ^ Handley, William R.; Lewis, Nathaniel (2004-01-01). True West: Authenticity and the American West. U of Nebraska Press. p. 353. ISBN 978-0-8032-2410-0.
  3. ^ "Alison Calder". Writers' Trust of Canada. Retrieved 20 May 2021.
  4. ^ a b Besson, Françoise (2018-12-14). Ecology and Literatures in English: Writing to Save the Planet. Cambridge Scholars Publishing. p. 55. ISBN 978-1-5275-2339-5.
  5. ^ a b "Alison Calder | Product Creator(s) | JackPine Press". Retrieved 20 May 2021.

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